Krista Davis always has an unusual angle to her Domestic Diva mysteries. This time, in The Diva Frosts a Cupcake, a number of bakers are going to the dogs. And, the same thing has happened with Sophie Winston's love life. There's hope though for both Sophie and the dogs.
Sophie Winston's best friend, Nina Reid Norwood, is responsible for a fundraiser in Old Town Alexandria. Cupcakes and Pupcakes is raising money for animal shelters. All the local bakeries are selling cupcakes and animal treats, but before the event is even launched the co-owners of a bakery have a parting of the ways. Joy opens Sugar Mama directly across the street from the one she co-owned with Renee, Sugar Baby. That left their assistant, Muffin, torn between the two former friends. She stayed with Sugar Baby, but even her stay isn't long. In the midst of all the commotion of the fund raiser, Muffin is found dead. Naturally, the locals suspect either Renee or Joy. Sophie isn't so sure. She herself has been accused when she isn't guilty, and Renee and Joy may be in the same boat.
Sophie would think the worst that could happen would be finding Muffin dead. Instead, she finds herself accused of sleeping with a married man, just when a new interesting man appears in town. And, nothing she can do will stop the man's wife from spreading rumors.
Now, Sophie has her hands full with a bakery war, a murder investigation, a missing dog, and rumors spreading all over town that she's having an affair. And, of course, there's the on-going rivalry with Natasha, the other domestic diva in the neighborhood. Natasha and her new dog add the humor to a story in which the victim remains center stage. Who killed the charming Muffin?
If murder, dogs, recipes and cheating sound as if they don't mix, give Krista Davis a chance. As always, she manages to mix together a hodgepodge of ingredients to come up with a treat for readers. The Diva Frosts a Cupcake will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next sample in the series.
Krista Davis' website is www.kristadavis.com, although you can also follow her online at www.mysteryloverskitchen.com.
The Diva Frosts a Cupcake by Krista Davis. Berkley Prime Crime. 2013. ISBN 9780425258132 (paperback), 289p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.